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In a blog post on Wednesday, Symantec security researchers wrote they had discovered at least eight Google Play Store apps that functioned as fronts for a "new and highly prevalent type of Android malware" called Android.Sockbot. The apps in question presented themselves as skins for player characters in popular app Minecraft: Pocket Edition and boasted "an install base ranging from 600,000 to 2.6 million devices."

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When Avast announced that 2.27 million people had downloaded a malware-riddled copy of its performance optimisation software CCleaner, it was initially believed that a second payload -- that can control a system -- was never delivered to victims. It's now clear that wasn't the case, and it appears the attackers may have been targeting tech firms for the purposes of industrial espionage.

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Last year, two data scientists from security firm ZeroFOX conducted an experiment to see who was better at getting Twitter users to click on malicious links, humans or an artificial intelligence. The researchers taught an AI to study the behaviour of social network users, and then design and implement its own phishing bait. In tests, the artificial hacker was substantially better than its human competitors, composing and distributing more phishing tweets than humans, and with a substantially better conversion rate.

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A New York Times investigation offered some unnerving news on Friday. Not only was the hacking of electoral systems during last year's US election "more extensive than previously disclosed," the paper reports, multiple sources say that nobody's really examining the the attacks on a state or local level. The reasons why are as complex as they are alarming.

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Bored hackers who aren't getting paid tend to get restless. And so yesterday, the cyber thieves behind the recent HBO breach leaked several unreleased episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was scheduled to return in October after six years off the air. HBO, understandably, seems annoyed.

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Season seven, episode four of Game of Thrones is now in the wild. The leaked video comes less than a week after HBO admitted that its servers had been hacked and a large quantity of data had been stolen. We already knew that a script -- or, more specifically, an outline of a script -- of episode four was part of the hack. Now, in a reportedly unrelated incident, it seems the Game of Thrones episode itself has been leaked.

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Famed white hat hacker Marcus Hutchins -- better known as "MalwareTech" -- was arrested by the FBI yesterday while trying to fly home to the United Kingdom from Las Vegas. The 22-year-old security researcher gained mainstream fame earlier this year as the guy who stopped the destructive WannaCry ransomware from spreading, and had been partying with friends near the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences before his arrest. Now, he faces serious federal charges for allegedly creating the Kronos banking trojan. But he's supposed to be the good guy!